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ESPN pundit Craig Burley reckons this Alvaro Morata is becoming a a problem for Chelsea  and that Maurizio Sarri somehow has to get the Spanish striker firing again:

“He was given an opportunity and he was hopeless again, absolutely hopeless,” Burley explained on ESPN FC.

“I just can’t fathom this guy out. He led the line for Real Madrid and Juventus, played in the Champions League final, played for Spain and just looks as if he’s completely lost.

“Do you know what he reminds me of? Do you remember when Chelsea paid £50m for Fernando Torres?

“Torres in his time at Liverpool was an absolutely wonderful player but he wasn’t that player when Chelsea signed him.”

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Chelsea striker Pedro signed from Barcelona in summer 2015 and was part of the Blaugrana side that was beat by the Blues in the 2012 Champions League semifinal.

The Spanish striker recalls that tie, claiming it was one of the saddest moments of his career:

This memory stays with me even now, a very sad day for me and my team-mates,” said the Chelsea forward.

“I remember a lot of things: when you control the game and score the first goal, but then Leo [Messi] missed a penalty and then Fernando [Torres] scored with the game’s last touch to finish the tie… I remember it all because it was such a sad day for Barcelona and for all of us.”

“I remember these games so well. Chelsea were always horrible opponents, very difficult in these games: compact, strong in defence, pressed very well. For that reason, we always found it difficult against them.

Speaking ahead Chelsea’s last-16 tie against his former side, Pedro added:

“For the players of Barcelona, they’ll be thinking this tie is going to be very tough, this game for them, because Chelsea are strong. Chelsea are compact, and it’s never easy to play against us.”

“The reality is it’s not impossible for us [to advance to the quarter-finals],” he claimed

.”It’s possible for us to beat Barcelona and go through into the next round. It’s difficult because they’re a very great, big team, but it’s not impossible.”

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CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

ATLETICO MADRID – Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Thomas, Gabi, Koke, Saul Niguez; Torres, Griezmann.

Subs: Moya, Godin, Vrsaliko, Ferreira-Carrasco, Corra, Vetto, Gameiro.

Manager: Diego Simeone

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Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea last summer and had a quick adaptation in England, scoring 6 goals in 6 Premier League games, but former Blues striker Fernando Torres revealed he was ready to help him

Torres didn’t make a great impact at Chelsea– not fulfilling all the expectations after his £ 60m record signing in 2011 – but he remained in the hear of many Blues fans and the Atletico forward has got a special feeling for Chelsea as well.

This is why he revealed that he was ready to help Morata in his first months at Stamford Bridge:

“I spoke with him (Morata) before he joined Chelsea and told him I would be always on the phone if he needed any advice or if I could help him,” Torres claimed today before the Champions League clash between the two teams.

“Looking at the start he has made it doesn’t look like he needs any advice at all, already he is playing well and scoring goals.

“Chelsea have one of the best strikers in Europe and I am sure he is going to win trophies with them.”


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Former Chelsea player Fernando Torres suffered a horrific head injury last night in La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Atletico Madrid.

A lot of managers, players and former team-mates post a message encouraging the Spanish forward and among them also Cesc Fabregas.

The Blues midfielder published a picture of him and Torres after winning Euro 2012. The Atletico Madrid player is lifting the trophy, while a smiling Fabregas is wearing a T-shirt which lists the name of the Spanish players who had died in the previous years.

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Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres wanted to reassure his fans posting this message on his official Twitter account last night.

The Spaniard suffered a scaring injury fainting onto the pitch unconscious.

An official statement from the La Liga club read: “Torres had to be rushed in an ambulance after being stabilised according to the usual protocol. He is stable and conscious, he’ll spend the night in hospital and undergo more tests tomorrow.” 

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone said after the game: “It wasn’t a good movement, but situations like this unfortunately can happen in the game. We hope the best for Torres.” 

Also Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann, who scored Atletico Madrid’s equalizer against Deportivo La Coruna, added: “Everybody was speechless in the dressing room because of what happened”.

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Ex Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scared everyone witnessing Deportivo La Coruña v Atletico Madrid when he fainted onto the pitch after a tremendous clash with Depor player Bergantiños.

His team-mates rushed just after the incident to pull his tongue out of his throat to avoid asphyxiation, only moments before Atleti’s medical staff intervened to understand what was going on.

The ex Blues forward was still unconscious when he was carried to the closest La Coruña hospital to undergo further medical tests and re-gained his senses while there.

A first official statement from Atletico stated that he suffered concussion and a whiplash injury and will be supervised for at least 24 hours at the hospital.

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Speaking to FourFourTwo ex Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic revealed who was the “worst” rival he met in his career: Didier Drogba

He was asked to compare him to another striker that Chelsea fans ( and not only them) know really well: Fernando Torres.

Drogba was tougher. Torres always created a chance to score, but Drogba was on you for the full game. People say: ‘You had a difficult game against Torres’, but it was just the one game.

Reminding a Torres goal in a 4-1 defeat at Anfield when El Niño was playing for Liverpool, he said:

“I went to head the ball but changed my mind and tried to pass to Edwin [van der Sar]. I misjudged the distance and Torres scored.

“Drogba was physically the hardest; [Luis] Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero were the best. Drogba would be even better if he didn’t get so many injuries. They were the top three I played against.”


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Speaking before the Champions League final in Milan with Atletico Madrid ex Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, that won the trophy with the Blues in 2012, said:

I won many important trophies with Chelsea and with the Spanish national team: I enjoyed those victories but for sure this is going to be the most special match in my career since Atletico has been the [most important] club of my life. Tomorrow will be the game of my life without any doubt and I have the chance to fulfil my childhood dream.”

Atletico will face Real Madrid in San Siro tomorrow night, in the replay of the final they played two years ago in Lisbon, that the Blancos won for 4-1 at extra time, after Sergio Ramos equalised Godin’s goal in the injury time: Chelsea players Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa took part to that final too.


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